Man guilty of Central Bank theft
A 30-year-old man was convicted of stealing by reason of employment and sentenced to 16 months in prison yesterday after he admitted to taking$20,000 from the Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Former Armored Car Services employee Mario Godet of Minnie Street, pleaded guilty to stealing the money on February 1.
When Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis asked him why he committed the crime, Godet said he did so because he saw the opportunity.
Police reported that Godet and another armored car employee picked up$271,200 from The Central Bank for delivery to FirstCaribbean Bank.
However, upon delivery bank officials determined after a count that$20,000 was unaccounted for.
Godet said he took the bags of money after the other officer left the truck. He said that he later took the money home and showed it to his family.
Godet explained to the court that he saw the theft as an opportunity to pay his outstanding bills.
According to the police report, which was read in court yesterday, two bundles of$5 notes($10,000)and one bundle of$10 notes($10,000)was stolen from a shipment Godet’s truck collected from the Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Police said that during a search of Godet’s Minnie Street home, officers retrieved a white bleach bottle which contained 227$5 notes($1,135); a brown and tan handbag which contained 100$10 notes($1,000)and 25$5 notes($125)and a white makeup pouch containing$420 in Bahamian currency and$130 in American currency. Police also found a black handbag containing five$5 notes($25).
Just outside the home, police found two black socks containing seven bundles of$10 notes which added up to$7,000.
The total amount of money confiscated from Godet was close to$10,000.
Asked about the outstanding money yesterday, Godet said that when the police arrived to search his residence his girlfriend threw the bag of money over the roof.
He said he did not know what happened to the bag of money after that.
Before he was sentenced, Godet asked the magistrate for an opportunity to pay the money back in increments.
When sentencing Godet, Magistrate Rolle-Davis said the fact that Godet admitted his guilt was commendable.
However, he pointed out that Godet as an armored car driver had been placed in a position of trust and was expected to be of impeccable character.
“You caused disgrace to yourself and hardship to your family,”Rolle-Davis told Godet.
Godet has the right to appeal the sentence.
Godet apologized to the court.